Jessica initially came to yoga as a follower of another trend; however, ended up uncovering something so much more valuable than that - the incredible power of being present now and how stilling the mind can provide clarity as you move through your experiences. Now as an experienced 200-hour yoga instructor and a certified Acro instructor, she attempts to bring yogic philosophies to energetic classes while guiding students to maintain a certain lightness in their practices.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (AcroYoga)
Currently residing in Costa Rica, Lindsay Monteagudo began her yoga career in her hometown of San Diego, California. As a mother of twins, yoga provided the balance needed to tackle everyday challenges. Trained under Gerhard Gessner of Prana Yoga, her Vinyasa classes are partnered with a strong focus on alignment. Lindsay's classes aim to center oneself and open blockages. All while her lightheartedness and thirst for life comes through.
With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, Mandy has offered personal fitness and yoga classes to both individuals and in class settings. She has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher training courses, and is certified to teach both pre-natal and children's yoga, she is currently working on completing her 300-hour certification. Mandy’s students enjoy her easy-going, humorous, and light-hearted approach to yoga during her alignment-based Vinyasa flow classes.
Wendy has a degree in marketing and sales from the Universidad Metropolitana Castro Carazo in San Jose, Costa Rica, an advanced level English speaking certificate from the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and a PhD in showing you a good time while learning the Spanish language!
Adriana is a 31 year old mother of three who was born in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. She is a sincere person, responsible, and persistent in her goals. With an English teaching degree from the Universidad Latina in San Jose, and several years of combined English and Spanish teaching experience, she is a true professional. Considering her love of academics, Adriana continues her studies today in the Universidad de Santa Lucia in Puntarenas to one day become a nurse.
Renata L District of Columbia
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La Escuela Del Sol turned out to be much more then what I initially expected. I started with one week of Spanish and yoga, and then extended my stay for a second week. By reading earlier posts it seems that it is quite a trend among new arrivals and I am not surprised. I am not alone in falling in love with the place and its people (and a cat ;).
The individual attention, (well, it helped that I was the only student taking the classes at that moment :), adjusting to personal style of studying, warmth and kindness by each and everyone of the staff, at every step of my stay were priceless.
As I tried to immerse myself little more in Spanish, as well as get acquainted with the locals, I decided to do the home stay for the first week. I stayed with wonderful people, who will get out of their way to help you practice Spanish, and help you correct your language mistakes. You don't need to go through the house to get to your room, so if you need privacy, it's there. But if you are up for interacting, Maria and Lupillo will be there for you, as will plenty of neighbors, cousins etc. (the whole village is related so they pop in and out :). The accommodation is very modest, but the luck of hot water, a little concern at first, did not really matter, as all you want in the tropics is cool shower. The place is 10 min of a very pleasant walk to school, 5 min walk to the beach, which was helpful when motivating myself to get up at 5 am to catch the sunrise at the beach. Priceless! Ah, and Maria is a very good cook!
My Spanish teacher, Wendy, is really good at what she does. Very professional, able to figure out your learning style very quickly and adjusts her teaching so you get best out of her sessions. Classes are never dull and it is easy to have a good laugh with her.
As for yoga... Talking about accomplishments! For 2 years I was trying to do a craw and a headstand, with no luck. I would never imagine that it will take me only 2 days to be able to do a perfect ( at least I think so :) craw and few more to do a head stand. yeah! Mandy and Jessica are to be thanked for it. I learned from them so much about my body, while they show me that the limits of what I can or cannot are only in my brain...
Last, but not least, the man behind it all, Jeremy, the owner. Very helpful, ready to respond to any query and/or request so you can get most out of your experience. He has the ability to pull out the best in people, staff and students alike, and is able to create an atmosphere of inclusion. You will never feel out of place.
Look no further, La Escuela Del Sol, Cabuya, the people and the quality of classes have no match elsewhere.
Just one request... If Puma, the little adorable cat falls in love with you, please don't mention it at your later review. I like to keep imagining that we had a special relationship... Love that cat! ;)
a traveler California
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La Escuela del Sol truly exceeded my expectations! I stayed at the school for two weeks in July, taking private intermediate level yoga classes from 7:30-8:30 followed by Intermediate Spanish from 9:30-11:00 and Spanish conversation from 11:10-12:30. This was my week two schedule. During week one, I was joined by another student during yoga and language lab. July is the off-season, so there were only three other students on site at the time.
There were two yoga instructors, who had complimentary practices. Mandy has advanced knowledge of anatomy and led me in an exploration of how the different poses can be modified to enrich my practice. Jessica introduced me to yin yoga and also helped me discover ways in which I can push the boundaries of my practice to increase openness, flexibility, and strength. Both instructors helped me make significant improvements in the "correctness" of my poses.
I was equally pleased by the progress that I made during my Spanish classes. Wendy is very skilled at explaining how the academic concepts, such as the subjunctive tenses, are used in everyday life. During the private lessons, she was willing to modify instruction to meet my needs and interests. During the language lab, she shared engaging activities that helped build fluency. For example, playing games such as Trivial Pursuit or listening to popular music and translating the lyrics.
Socially, the experience was exceptional. During my off time I went on excursions with other students, we cooked meals together, and frequently explored the local sodas (restaurants) with the owner, Jeremy. A highlight of the stay was an evening barbeque on the beach followed by a bonfire and firedancing. I also enjoyed practicing my Spanish with the school staff, who were consistently friendly and helpful.
I also appreciated the accommodations. I stayed in the on-site villas, which have a stunning view of the ocean, porch swings, and wi-fi. Next year they will be equipped with a pool. Grocery stores, restaurants, and the beach were all within easy walking distance. For excursions to Montezuma, the bus was cheap and easy to use.
Short version, I highly recommend La Escuela del Sol.
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There are too many words and some not yet invented that would be used to describe this journey; it was exactly what I needed and more !!
Everything was a new challenge; from the initial trip into San Jose and subsequent traveling to Montezuma to the culture and communication barriers ~ from the need to adapt to a new diet to the level of physical activity abound at every destination.
That was just the tip of the iceberg as beautiful landscape and cultural diversity became enduring ambient noise to the amazing escapades that La Escuela Del Sol brought to the table. Wildlife and breathtaking fauna accent every nook and cranny of this tropical paradise of education ~ where the students unite as a family while learning Spanish, Surfing, Scuba Diving Certification, Poi, and Yoga with some of the best teachers this nook of the country has to offer.
This opened the doors to a life changing experience around the peninsula that networked me with a plethora of amazing souls from around the World and set the stage for a near future permanent living amongst the natives and travelers in Mal Pais.
If you've been on the fence about this experience (as I was for 5 years since I discovered the website online) ~ waste no more time and take the plunge -- it will be one of the most epic adventures you've ever taken.
Pura Vida !!